In The Lost Book animation, journalist Aileen Adler and her dog Watson investigate a book theft. The missing book itself, an expedition journal, was created collaboratively during the project.
Guest writer, and bestselling novelist, Jasper Fforde started the story. He created the characters and situation in two fictional newspaper articles about a 2004 expedition to Arthur Conan Doyle’s lost world undertaken by Sally Challenger, great-great grand daughter of Professor Challenger.
A free competition to write the expedition journal ran weekly. Every Friday between 6th February and 17th July 2009 a new 100-word instalment was selected.
Read Sally Challenger's expedition journal (PDF), the stolen book, including Jasper Fforde's Daily Gazette articles.
The Lost Book soundtrack competition, run by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, asked composers of all ages to submit their own soundtrack for episode one of The Lost Book. Winners were mike_bohn in the adult category (winning entry below), with SPegg highly commended, and cobra151 in the 16-18 age group.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra organised a treasure hunt in May 2009. Two winners - one in Edinburgh, one in Glasgow, found free books (donated by Canongate) and pairs of tickets to an SCO concert (donated by the orchestra).
Cellist Su-a Lee and Principal Flute Alison Mitchell hid the books in suitable locations and posted rhyming clues for treasure hunters.